Tomas Roslin


Tomas Roslin collecting dung beetles near Porvoo, southern Finland.
Photo by Kari Heliövaara


Tomas Roslin is a researcher at the University of Helsinki. His main interest is in the metacommunity dynamics of insects inhabiting patchy resources. His research on dung beetles focuses primarily on the effects of habitat fragmentation on populations, species and assemblages. Tomas is currently investigating how dung beetles respond to large-scale changes in agricultural landscapes and how species-specific responses reflect into crucial ecosystem services.


Tomas Roslin
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

TEL: +358 9 191 57750
FAX: +358 9 191 57694
EMAIL: tomas.roslin[at]



Roslin, T. and Heliövaara, K. 2007. Suomen lantakuoriaiset. Opas santiaisista lantiaisiin. [Dung beetles of Finland, in Finnish]. Helsinki University Press. 244 pp.

Quintero, I. and Roslin, T. 2005. Rapid recovery of dung beetle communities following habitat fragmentation in Central Amazonia. Ecology 86: 3303–3311. pdf

Roslin, T. 2001. Large-scale spatial ecology of dung beetles. Ecography 24: 511-524.

Roslin, T. 2001. Spatial population structure in a patchily distributed beetle. Molecular Ecology 10: 823-837.

Roslin, T. and Koivunen, A. 2001. Distribution and abundance of dung beetles in fragmented landscapes. Oecologia 127: 69-77.

Pitkänen, M. and Roslin, T. 2001. Dung beetles, pp. 62-70. In: Pitkänen, M. and Tiainen, J. (eds.): Biodiversity of Agricultural Landscapes in Finland. BirdLife Finland Conservation Series (No 3.), Helsinki University Press, Helsinki, Finland.

Roslin, T. 2000. Dung beetle movements at two spatial scales. Oikos 91: 323-335.

Roslin, T. 1999. Spatial ecology of dung beetles. PhD thesis, University of Helsinki, Finland. Summary chapter available at

Roslin, T. 1998. Is Aphodius contaminatus (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) a threatened species in Finland? Entomologica Fennica 9:79-84.

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